What does the word monopoly mean?

Usage examples for monopoly

  1. The older I grow the less certain I am that any race or people has a monopoly of the virtues. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  2. Has he not heard that government in France has made a monopoly of that great article of salt? – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  3. Did you think you had a monopoly of them? – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton